* Blasts in Lagos' Apapa port first recorded by Boko Haram
* Abubakar Shekau also claims Abuja bomb
(Adds Reuters confirmation of video, details, byline)
By Tim Cocks and Isaac Abrak
ABUJA, July 13 Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau
has claimed responsibility for two explosions on June 25 at a
fuel depot in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial hub, in a video seen
by Reuters on Sunday, which if true would be the militants'
first recorded attack on the city.
"A bomb went off in Lagos. I ordered (the bomber) who went
and detonated it," Shekau said.
The two blasts minutes apart last month in the main port of
Apapa were almost certainly caused by bombs, three senior
security sources and the manager of a major container company
told Reuters. One was most likely the work of a female suicide
bomber, they said.
Authorities said the blasts on Creek Road were an accident
caused by a gas canister, but the security sources told Reuters
that was a cover-up meant to prevent panic in the city of 21
million people. At least two people were killed.
Shekau also claimed a bomb in a shopping mall in Abuja's
upmarket Wuse II district that killed 24 people, the third in
the capital since April and among a growing body of evidence
that its attacks are spreading southwards.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
A military spokesman declined to comment, saying it was a
police matter. A spokesman for police headquarters said that
only Lagos police could comment. A spokeswoman for Lagos police
division, however, did not respond to a request for comment.
"You said it was an ordinary fire, but it was me in that
fire. Well, you can hide it from people but you can't hide it
from Allah," Shekau says in the video, which shows him next to
gunmen in front of two armoured personnel carriers and two
A confirmed attack by Boko Haram would be a cause for
concern. Lagos is both an international business hub and a
usually peaceful but at times uneasy melting pot of ethnicities
from the mostly Christian south and Muslim north that have
fought street battles in the past.
The target of the Lagos bombs was a fuel depot. Had it gone
up, it could have caused a massive chain explosion and disrupted
Nigeria's mostly imported fuel supply.
Security sources say it may have been the work of a group or
individual inspired by Boko Haram, and point out that its
failure to hit its target makes it unlikely this was an expertly
trained bomber. Shekau has been known to claim attacks suspected
to be the work of another Islamist group or a criminal gang.
Shekau gets the name of the governor of Lagos State wrong in
the video, mocking Adams Oshiomole, who is in fact the governor
of the southern Edo State.
Shekau also ridicules Western education -- Boko Haram means
Western education is forbidden -- along with "the ideologies of
America, England, France, China and the whole world".
(Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Larry King and Lynne